Go Back Indian Steel Ornamental Grass

Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel'
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Plant Type: Grasses

This Indian grass cultivar is a clump-forming perennial grass with an upright, open habit typically growing 3-5' tall but occasionally taller. Features slender blue-green leaf blades which turn yellow in fall and retain some gold color throughout the winter. Narrow, feathery panicles of tan-yellow flowers appear well above the foliage in late summer to early fall. Panicles turn bronze in fall and continue to provide interest into early winter.


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Likes moist, fertile soil but is very drought tolerant once established. Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture soils in full sun. Species is a native prairie plant that prefers soils slightly on the dryish side, but is fairly tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. Tends to flop in moist, rich soils, however. May self-seed. Cut back hard in early spring just before the new growth appears.

Flower Color


Foliage Color


Plant Spread

2-3 ft.

Good Companions

Plant Height

3-5 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Moist until established

Characteristics & Attributes


Drought tolerant, Showy flowers , Colorful leaves, Good fall color, ,

Bloom Time

July until frost,

Critter Resistance


Full sun or part shade

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

Summer, Winter